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#664 – Planned Parenthood in Bedford, NH

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BEDFORD, NH 3110-6448

TAPE – 664

(Dialing, phone ringing 2x)

CLINIC: Good afternoon, Planned Parenthood. May I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: We don’t do them here, no.

CALLER: Well, do you know of anybody that does?

CLINIC: Yeah. Where are you from?

CALLER: Well, my friend lives there in Bedford, and she told me to call you guys.

CLINIC: Well, what she’d probably have to do — is she positive she’s pregnant?

CALLER: Well, it’s me. Are you there?

CLINIC: Yeah. You just said it was your friend.

CALLER: I’m at my friend’s house.

CLINIC: Oh. Okay. I can give you some phone numbers. Do you know how far along you are?

CALLER: Well, no. I just haven’t had my period for a while. That’s why I’m scared. I haven’t had my period since like January 3rd.

CLINIC: And are you not using any form of birth control?


CLINIC: How old are you?

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 on the 20th.


CALLER: Would you have to tell my parents though?


CALLER: My boyfriend’s 22. He said he would take care of everything. So would you have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: Not that I’m — well — why don’t you hold on one moment.



CLINIC: Hello?

CALLER: Uh-huh.

CLINIC: Hi. Okay. You said you’re going to be 14 on the 20th?


CLINIC: Okay. And you said your boyfriend is 22?


CLINIC: If you made an appointment with us, we would have to report it to DCYF.

CALLER: Who is that?

CLINIC: I’m not sure of the letters. The Division of Youth Services.

CALLER: Oh. Why?

CLINIC: Because you’re 14 and he’s 22.

CALLER: Well, is that bad?

CLINIC: Well, it’s not good (chuckle). It means that it’s reportable. It’s reportable by us if you come in here for an appointment.

CALLER: What could happen?

CLINIC: It would be up to them what would happen. I can’t really say. I’m not a lawyer. But they could — I don’t know. I mean, it would be up to them as to what they would do.

CALLER: Well, what should I do? I mean, I don’t want anyone to get in trouble.

CLINIC: (Pause) I really don’t — I’m not the one to advise you on this.

CALLER: Well, would it just be that I go someplace else then?

CLINIC: I can give you the names of some people that do terminations, but — I mean, the regulations — and you can’t talk to your parents?

CALLER: No. I mean, they know we’re going out, but they don’t know that we’re having sex. I mean, if they found out about that I don’t know what they would do, let alone if I was pregnant.

CLINIC: Well, what I would do first I think is probably go and get a pregnancy test. Go to the store and buy one.

CALLER: Are those usually right though?

CLINIC: Well, buy an EPT one or something like that. And do that as your first step.

CALLER: Well, what if it ended up that I wasn’t pregnant? Could I come there for birth control and you guys wouldn’t tell anybody?

CLINIC: You know, I’m not even positive on that. I would have to have you talk with somebody else to be able to advise you on that. I mean, you can come to us for birth control. Anybody over the age of 13 can come for birth control. But —

CALLER: Well, would anybody have to know if I was on birth control though?



CLINIC: But see there’s a fine line because your boyfriend is 22.

CALLER: Well, what if I — I don’t know.

CLINIC: I’m just not positive either. Do you have a family doctor that you have or anything like that?

CALLER: Well, not really. We just moved here, so we don’t really have a normal doctor yet.

CLINIC: Okay. Hold one moment.



CLINIC: Hi. I’m looking up some information for you if you want to just hold a moment longer.

CALLER: All right.





CLINIC: Okay. I’m not finding anything in any of the literature that I have on what would happen.


CLINIC: Because he’s 22 and you volunteered that information to me, to the best of my knowledge it would have to be reported because you are 13.

CALLER: Would it be better if I didn’t tell you?

CLINIC: Well, at this point — I mean, you have told me (laughing).


CLINIC: I think what you have to do is why don’t you go and buy a pregnancy test first and see if you are pregnant. Do a morning urine at your house and see if it’s positive. Don’t buy like a Wal-Mart brand or something like that. Buy whatever they’re called, EPT or something like that.

CALLER: Okay. Are those usually right?

CLINIC: Those are pretty accurate. If they’re positive, they’re positive.


CLINIC: So you’ve been having intercourse and you have not used any protection at all.

CALLER: Right.

CLINIC: And he has not used anything?

CALLER: Not that I know of. I don’t think so.

CLINIC: Okay. Then why don’t you do that first. And try to talk to your parents. I mean, I think that’s your best bet. Try to talk to your parents about what’s going on.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: You may need their help if you are.

CALLER: I can’t really tell them at all.

CLINIC: Yeah. But also the fact that he’s 22, I mean, he’s an adult. You’re in a very difficult area as far as the law goes. And I’m not the person to tell you what the law is.

CALLER: Okay. So there’s no way to get around telling my parents you think?

CLINIC: I don’t know. You know your parents, but that’s up to you. I can advise you I think it’s best to talk to your parents, but that’s strictly just advice; it’s not telling you what to do. I can’t tell you what to do. Only you can decide that.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Nobody can make the decision for you.

CALLER: I’m just scared.

CLINIC: First off, go and get the pregnancy test and do that.

CALLER: If I did the home pregnancy test and it said that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: That’s a question I don’t have an answer to. I really just don’t have an answer for you. If you wanted to call back, I have — the site manager that might be able to answer that question, she’s with a patient right now. So if you could call back in say about 15 minutes, I can try to get an answer for you.

CALLER: Okay. Well, what was your name then?

CLINIC: My name’s Connie.


CLINIC: Did you call here last week?


CLINIC: No? Okay. We had another case that was very similar. Okay.

CALLER: All right.

CLINIC: Thank you.

CALLER: Thanks.

CLINIC: Bye bye.